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Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by Makingtrax, Aug 6, 2018.


Match Prediction

Poll closed Aug 12, 2018.
  1. Arsenal Win

  2. Draw

  3. Manchester City Win

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  1. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Cech is starting and will be captain it looks like.
  2. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Emery is playing it relatively safe, I don't think he wants to change too much in terms of the back 5 and with AMN have to come in at LB and Sokratis being new, he probably wants a bit of familiarity with the experienced Cech there. Once Sokratis and Mustafi form a partnership then we can start to bring in Leno as it'll be a bit easier.
  3. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    The expected City team. I don't even have the words... it's just so good.
  4. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Policing Emery's English Skills

    Kind of interesting going into a game where we don’t know what the team is, what the tactics will be, how we’ll perform, whether we’ll win lose or draw, whether we’ll be brilliant or sh*te.

    Bit like going on a blind date.
  5. Fewtch

    Fewtch Ozil at 10 And Emery Out

    They play with two offensive midfielders in midfield and two attacking wingers.
    This is supposed to be impossible according to arsenal fans. Arsenal need a DM, a DLP/DM, and a workhorse #8 to survive in the PL otherwise you’ll get destroyed in midfield and concede a million goals.
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  6. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Two offensive full-backs and two ball playing CB's too. It's as close to a perfect team in terms of dominating games and absolutely destroying teams as you'll get.

    I agree that the typical "destroyer" type in midfielder or the box-to-box work horse isn't as essential as people make it out to be if you've got a team capable of keeping the ball extremely and being well drilled out of possession that their weaknesses don't get exposed. Certainly City of all teams have the luxury of playing this way and playing with so many offensive minded players due to their qualities on the ball.
  7. bingobob

    bingobob Fan of Technicians Who Show Great Character

    Well...(save the lecturing, four paragraphs and a group hug) not much has changed then.
  8. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

    There's never going to be a better time to play City with so many of their players coming back late from the world cup.
  9. bingobob

    bingobob Fan of Technicians Who Show Great Character

    You've respectfully not watched City. Kdb is both a dlp, a work horse and just sublime. He is a more refined version of one of our own. And it's pretty dam hard to be more rounded than Ramsey but even circle meets up with Kdb and says hey you're new.
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  10. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Already less confident with the knowledge that zimmer frame is starting this over Leno.
  11. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    You know what he means though, people think that the Kante type midfielder is essential to be successful. I mean where's the Kante type in the Iniesta-Busquets-Xavi midfield? The thing is though they still work tremendously hard, as does KDB as you've said. It's more the idea that you need a player who's sole purpose is to just break up the play and work hard for the team, all of City's players have a key role on the ball while they're still expected to work extremely hard off the ball.

    In fairness to Kante it's possibly not the best example anymore because he's improved in terms of what he does on the ball and utilises it extremely well.
  12. Fewtch

    Fewtch Ozil at 10 And Emery Out

    Ramsey is no where near kdb ffs. And just because he can play those roles well doesn’t mean that you can deny the fact that he’s an offensive player to the core.

    Santi was an AM/winger when we bought him and he did better than most “natural” CMs in the league whilst still being an offensive threat for our team with mesut in front of him. That was probably the last time we played attractive football the rare times they played together in midfield.
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  13. Fewtch

    Fewtch Ozil at 10 And Emery Out

    I’m fine with a kante in midfield and I actually think it can be essential if you have two offensive players ahead of him like KDB/Silva or Kroos/Modric. But don’t play Xhaka and Ramsey ahead(or xhaka next to him) of him ffs. That’s why I hope we don’t see a Torreira-Xhaka Ramsey midfield. There’s literally no creativity
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  14. Jackie_Treehorn

    Jackie_Treehorn Well-Known Member

    As I was reading the transcript of Emery’s press conference during a meeting today, I realized I don’t know what one of these sounds like without Wengerisms.
    Brave new world.
  15. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    Obviously it can vary a little, but every fanbase has that in them. People fail to see this because every club is at a different level, with different goals and beliefs. Even though some fanbases might seem less annoying, thats simply because they have less social media exposure, or their club is meeting the general expectation of the fans and media. Every decently sized club has the same ratio of idiots supporting it haha.

    I find it absurd when people label groups of fans a certain way, Arsenal and Liverpool fans I'd say are the most complained about online but thats simply because we have a big young fanbase online and we are big clubs who aren't performing the way we deserve in recent years (lpool improved only last year). It therefore divides the fans more and we look more crazy as a fanbase :lol:.
  16. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    I hope at least 2 of Xhaka, Torreira and Ramsey can play. Although they don't have match sharpness compared to the city side which is so worrying...

    I therefore want us to play a solid lineup where we play 3 midfielders rather than 2.

    We dont have the sharpness to beat city on footballing ability (even if everyone was fit tbh). The midfield could easily be much different based off fitness but I just filled it with the best case scenario.

    We could alternatively play heavily on the counter by putting auba on the left wing with Özil drifting off the right and laca up top, to try to be as efficient as possible when we get chances.
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  17. Slartibartfast

    Slartibartfast CIES Loyalist

    I try to avoid formal predictions, but I figure this is going to be a scoreless draw because I have Aubameyang, Özil, Mkhitaryan, Aguero, Mendy and Bernardo Silva in my fantasy Premier League team.
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  18. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James

    If Cech starts in the league I think we’ll see an error playing it around at the back before the first international break.
  19. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    Hot Stuff playing on the radio - it's an omen
  20. Camron

    Camron Well-Known Member

    Torreira to curl one in from the edge of the box.
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